Let me just preface this post by saying that I’m very excited to meet our son in just a couple of short months. Being able to feel him kick and move inside of me has been such a surreal experience. But if I’m being honest, I’m hitting the point of pregnancy when I long to no longer be pregnant.
I shared a number of things that I’m missing being able to eat and do back in July. Now that I’m in the third trimester, physical activities are becoming progressively more difficult, and I just want to feel like “me” again.
So what am I currently missing?
1. My Endurance
Simple tasks like household chores are becoming more and more difficult. We live in a three story townhouse, and constantly going up and down the stairs while taking care of things around the house often leaves me out of breath and needing to sit for a few minutes. I miss the days of being able to run up and down the stairs, especially if I’m trying to get out the door and realize that I’ve left something in the house.
2. My Flexibility
My growing baby belly is making it more and more difficult to stretch pre and post workout like I’m used to. I’m can barely able to reach my toes anymore.
3. My Ability to Work Out Like I Used To
While I’ve been staying active while pregnant, my workouts aren’t anything like they used to be. I can’t lift heavy weights, nor can I weight train for as long as I could prior to becoming pregnant. My cardio workouts are at slower paces, as well as shorter than they used to be. While working out, I find that I need to drink water more frequently, as well as take breaks in order to catch my breath.
4. Running Like I Used To
Not only has my pace slowed down significantly, but I can no longer run the long distances that I could prior to pregnancy. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve come to accept that about three miles of running at any given time is my threshold before pain and pressure from my baby belly starts to set in.
5. Sleeping Through the Night
I can’t remember the last time that I didn’t need to wake up at least once in the middle of the night to pee. There are also some nights when leg cramps jolt me out of a sound sleep. And once I’m up, it usually takes awhile to get comfortable and fall back asleep.
Again, I can’t stress enough how excited I am to meet our son. Its been a joy and an honor to be able to be pregnant, especially after our long journey to conceive. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not wishing that I could do some of the things that I used to be able to do.
QOTD: For those of you who have carried a baby, what did you miss most while pregnant? For those of you who haven’t carried a baby, what do you think you would miss most while pregnant?
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